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  • Date:20 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Old Trafford
Goal!

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94mins

Gustav Svensson takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

93mins

Unfair challenge on Volkan Sen by Patrice Evra results in a free kick. Gokcek Wederson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

92mins

Luis Nani produces a cross, Omer Erdogan manages to make a clearance.

92mins

Handball by Turgay Bahadir. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

92mins

Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.

91mins

Gustav Svensson takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

90mins

Federico Macheda is caught offside. Gokcek Wederson restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

The ball is delivered by Volkan Sen, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.

87mins

Javier Hernandez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

86mins

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra.

85mins

The ball is crossed by Volkan Sen, blocked by Patrice Evra.

84mins

Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Dimitar Ivankov.

82mins

Gabriel Obertan crosses the ball, Ozan Ipek gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani played to the near post, Gabriel Obertan produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

82mins

Patrice Evra delivers the ball, Ozan Ipek manages to make a clearance.

81mins

The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Ibrahim Ozturk gets a block in.

80mins

The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Free kick taken by Ibrahim Ozturk.

77mins

Javier Hernandez replaces Oliveira Anderson.

76mins

Patrice Evra crosses the ball, Dimitar Ivankov makes a comfortable save.

74mins

Patrice Evra fouled by Mustafa Keceli, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick.

72mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Dimitar Ivankov.

71mins

Mustafa Keceli comes on in place of Ali Tandogan. Gabriel Obertan on for Ji-Sung Park.

70mins

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Gustav Svensson gets a block in.

65mins

The ball is delivered by Ivan Ergic, blocked by Nemanja Vidic.

64mins

The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Ibrahim Ozturk makes a clearance.

63mins

Ali Tandogan receives a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ali Tandogan on Patrice Evra. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.

61mins

Patrice Evra produces a cross, Ibrahim Ozturk makes a clearance.

59mins

Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save by Dimitar Ivankov.

59mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Ibrahim Ozturk gets a block in.

58mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ozan Ipek on Rafael Da Silva. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.

57mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rafael Da Silva on Ozan Ipek. Direct free kick taken by Federico Insua.

55mins

Gustav Svensson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.

55mins

Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Gustav Svensson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

51mins

Patrice Evra fouled by Ali Tandogan, the ref awards a free kick. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.

50mins

Patrice Evra challenges Volkan Sen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ali Tandogan from right channel, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

48mins

Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gokcek Wederson. Free kick taken by Ibrahim Ozturk.

47mins

Corner taken by Luis Nani, comfortable save by Dimitar Ivankov.

46mins

Luis Nani crosses the ball, comfortable save by Dimitar Ivankov.

46mins

Volkan Sen produces a cross, Patrice Evra gets a block in.

46mins

Turgay Bahadir comes on in place of Sercan Yildirim. Ibrahim Ozturk on for Milan Stepanov.

44mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Omer Erdogan by Federico Macheda. Free kick taken by Milan Stepanov.

43mins

Volkan Sen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.

41mins

Centre by Luis Nani, blocked by Gokcek Wederson. Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Milan Stepanov manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani played to the near post, Gokcek Wederson manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Ozan Ipek goes into the referee's book. Luis Nani goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

38mins

The referee blows for offside against Federico Macheda. Indirect free kick taken by Dimitar Ivankov.

38mins

Patrice Evra crosses the ball, clearance made by Ozan Ipek.

37mins

Corner taken by Luis Nani, Milan Stepanov makes a clearance.

36mins

Ali Tandogan has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

36mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Federico Insua by Luis Nani. Gokcek Wederson restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Federico Macheda on Milan Stepanov. Ali Tandogan restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Effort from just outside the area by Michael Carrick goes over the bar.

29mins

Patrice Evra produces a cross, Milan Stepanov gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani to the near post, Nemanja Vidic produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

24mins

Ozan Ipek challenges Rafael Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luis Nani delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Milan Stepanov makes a clearance.

22mins

Gokcek Wederson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani.

21mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ali Tandogan from the right by-line, Luis Nani makes a clearance.

18mins

Sercan Yildirim sends in a cross, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

17mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gustav Svensson by Luis Nani. Gustav Svensson takes the direct free kick.

15mins

Ji-Sung Park has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

15mins

Patrice Evra crosses the ball, Ali Tandogan gets a block in.

13mins

Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Volkan Sen. Ali Tandogan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Rafael Da Silva manages to make a clearance.

12mins

Ozan Ipek is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

11mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Volkan Sen. Ali Tandogan takes the free kick.

9mins

Oliveira Anderson sends in a cross.

8mins

Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Ivan Ergic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.

7mins

Luis Nani grabs a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Bursaspor.Assist on the goal came from Darren Fletcher.

7mins

Patrice Evra produces a cross, Gustav Svensson gets a block in.

6mins

Ji-Sung Park challenges Ivan Ergic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Omer Erdogan.

5mins

Gokcek Wederson takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

4mins

Federico Macheda takes a shot. Dimitar Ivankov makes a save.

2mins

Patrice Evra crosses the ball, Ali Tandogan gets a block in.

The game begins.

The referee blows for half time.

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United's growing list of catastrophic collapses is starting to prey on their mind. United allowed a two-goal lead to slip against West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.

It was the third time this season Ferguson's side had lost such an imposing lead - and does not count the trip to Fulham in August, when they missed a late penalty when they were already a goal in front and then conceded an equaliser to Brede Hangeland.

Their weekend misery did not come quite so late. Yet the expected response did not materialise, with West Brom looking the more likely to win the game in the latter stages.

On the eve of Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Bursaspor at Old Trafford, Ferguson confirmed the meek surrender was the result of near terror amongst his team faced with yet another collapse.

"The reason for the lack of response on Saturday was not to do with the game itself, it was to do with the previous matches where we have thrown points away," said Ferguson.

"They start thinking `Christ, here is another one'. That is the impact you get. The conscious part comes into it.

"They are saying to themselves `we are going to have to face the gaffer and explain this again'. But it is inexplicable."

Ferguson cited West Brom's equaliser as an example. A routine cross from Chris Brunt would normally be collected with ease by Edwin van der Sar. This time it was spilled at the feet of Somen Tchoyi, who gleefully tapped home.

"The mistake was uncanny," said Ferguson.

"Here is a player with 130 caps for Holland and the most fantastic career you could imagine and he makes a mistake like that.

"You cannot even criticise him because he doesn't deserve that. He is allowed to make one horrendous mistake in his life. It was at a time when we didn't need it, of course, but it happens.

"You just have to wash it away."

John O'Shea remained on the bench throughout Saturday's debacle. However, he was on the pitch at Fulham and Everton, when United suffered their first mishaps of the season, and against Liverpool, when they needed Dimitar Berbatov's late strike to rescue them. And he recognises something has to be done - and quickly.

"It is hard to explain why we are losing the goals we have," said the Irishman.

"You see the quality and the record we have had in the past but it is something we have to address quickly. With the players we have we will do that.

"Nine times out of 10 if we keep a clean sheet we are going to win the game because of the attacking quality we have."

As he tries to engineer a way out of the mess United find themselves in, whilst at the same time dealing with the fall-out from his own dramatic interjection into Wayne Rooney's career, the one consolation Ferguson is able to draw is that such troubles are having to be confronted in October rather than April.

"Fortunately it is happening now and we can do something about it," he said.

"There is a long way to go and we always do better in the second half of the season. We hope that will be the case this year."

United can take the first step forward by dismissing the Turkish champions, who are yet to collect a point from their first two games in Europe's number one club competition.

Ferguson has pledged to make changes, although Michael Owen and Jonny Evans are on the sidelines in addition to Rooney, who may never return. But, after registering a disappointing draw against Rangers five weeks ago, the Scot insists he is not taking Bursaspor lightly.

"They have lost their first two games and maybe that is their lack of experience," he said.

"The Champions League is not easy. With our home record we hope we can put it to bed.

"There are opportunities for one or two of the younger players who need experience - but that is not to say we are taking it lightly."

Formation:433Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 4411Manager:

Bursaspor

  • Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Chris Smalling
  • Nemanja Vidic
  • Patrice Evra
  • Darren Fletcher
  • Michael Carrick
  • Oliveira Anderson
  • Luis Nani
  • Federico Macheda
  • Ji-Sung Park
  • SUBS
  • Ben Amos
  • Gary Neville
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Javier Hernandez
  • John O'Shea
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • Tiago Bebe

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Match Report

Nani nets as life after Rooney begins Manchester United began life without Wayne Rooney with a 1-0 victory over Bursaspor at Old Trafford. Their performance was nothing special once Nani had netted the sixth-minute goal that earned United a Champions League win over their Turkish opponents. Neither did it do much to dispel Rooney's claim his club now lack ambition, a view late chants of "we want the Glazers out" showed there was some resonance with amongst the Old Trafford faithful. But after a traumatic view days, in which United's world has been turned upside down by their star striker, the result was all-important. Sir Alex Ferguson knows far greater tests lie ahead for his players, who must now respond to Rooney's thinly disguised claim they are substandard. But at least they are able to face the future with some optimism. The sense of shock so evident in Ferguson on Tuesday was mirrored in the stands. Rooney's own statement appears to seal his fate, and his future away from a club whose supporters have adored him, revelling in the talents of a man who abandoned his boyhood idols Everton aged just 18 for the lure of what he might achieve. Three titles and a European Cup later, the Rooney era is at an end. His damning verdict about a lack of investment in Ferguson's squad would have met with some agreement from those who looked at the team sheet and felt Tomasz Kuszczak, Chris Smalling and Federico Macheda are not quite what United need to challenge Chelsea and hold off the threat of Manchester City. Amongst the substitutes sat Gabriel Obertan and Bebe, signed on August 12 as a virtual unknown, two days before Rooney began to openly question United's recruitment policy. Yet the home fans also sensed this was not a night for recriminations, at least until victory was virtually certain in this most trying of campaigns. On occasions such as this, unity is required. Within six minutes they had something tangible to cheer. As Rooney is consigned to history and Antonio Valencia condemned to spend a few months recovering from a broken ankle, Nani is going to be a key man. It is a quite remarkable position to be in for a player who, 12 months ago, would have been ushered through the exit door with barely a second thought. Yet his speed and trickery have now found new focus. And after he collected Darren Fletcher's short pass and nipped inside a couple of static Bursaspor defenders, the Portugal winger spotted his opportunity, went for goal for 30 yards and duly saw his left-footed effort find the corner. A second would have come in very handy to settle some nerves, if not all given recent shoddy defensive performances. But skipper Nemanja Vidic and midfielder Michael Carrick - who has so much to prove - were both off target with their half chances and it took an excellent Rafael tackle to rob Ozan Ipek and preserve United's lead after the Bursaspor anchor man had shrugged Vidic aside rather too easily. By no means could it be classed as vintage United. After the break Patrice Evra burst into the area but was unable to beat Dimitar Ivankov from an acute angle, then Macheda failed to collect Anderson's short pass when the goal would have been gaping if he had. Nani then accepted an invitation to shoot from the edge of the box, although this time Ivankov was able to make the save. The less said about his free-kick, which went soaring over the bar, the better. Rooney's replacement, if there can be such a thing, is Javier Hernandez, the Mexican, whose early weeks at United have already gained him credibility. He was introduced for Anderson 13 minutes from time as United looked to seal their triumph. Hernandez was quick to test Ivankov, although Obertan had already hit the outside of a post with a rather tame header from Nani's corner. United came no closer and, luckily for them, they did not require it.

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